Employment Experience: Health Coach and Screening Technician, Interactive Health (2015–2017)
Patient Safety Attendant, Denver Health Hospital (2015–2017)
Child Malnutrition Project Coordinator, ICOD International (2015-2016)
Community Resilience Project Assistant, Medical Reserve Corps. (2013)
Education: Masters of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies, anticipated, May 2019
Masters of Public health, Maternal and Child Global Health concentration,May 2016
Bachelor of Science Biology, Global Studies Minor, May 2014
Professional Involvement: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Member (2017-present)
New York State Society of Physician Assistants, Member (2017-present)
Stony Brook University PA Graduate Student Senator (present)
Stony Brook University PA Student Community Outreach, Chair (present)
Stony Brook University PA Student Fundraising, Chair (present)
American Public Health Association, Member (2014-present)
Arête Society, Member (2013-present)
Other Significant Achievements: Rotary International Health Grant (2015), Magnum Cum Laude graduate honors
(2014), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Fellow Honorable Mention
(2012), Deans List (2010-2014) Helen M. Clancy Community Scholarship (2010
-present), Deans Scholarship (2010-2014) Scholar-Athlete Northwest Conference
STUDENT DIRECTOR PLATFORM STATEMENT:
As student director, I will work with the NYSSPA leadership to move our state towards full implementation of the optimal-team-practice (OTP) policy, and advocate for Medicare reimbursement re-assignment to expand our scope of practice upon graduation.
The evolving, fast-paced medical environment requires providers to be flexible in the composition and roles of their team to meet their patient’s needs. Therefore, I support the AAPA’s policy which states the manner in which PAs and physicians collaborate should be determined at the practice level. New York should continue to support the deregulation of any specific relationships between a PA, physician or other entity so as to increase patient access. Additionally, as new PA graduates, we would be able to report to or be supervised by a physician, senior PA or chief PA, under OTP, providing us the benefit of being mentored in the PA role. The goal of my work would be to ensure complete transparency with ongoing communication and education across the state and to students on how OTP will impact their future work and learning opportunities.
The impact of direct payment from Medicare billing on PA practice is another issue I will urge the NYSSPA leadership to address. When Medicare services are not billed in the PAs name, this prevents the work PAs do from being identified in terms of quantity and quality, resulting in diminished employment opportunities and career development. As the healthcare system transitions to a more innovative care model, PAs require this flexibility to maximize our practice. As student director, I will work with NYSSPA to propose further research and cross-agency communication to close this financial gap, so we can practice to our fullest potential.
My overall mission as student director is to ever further the education of each of you and continue to expand our scope of practice upon graduation. If you have any questions regarding my platform or further ideas I am more than happy to discuss them with you over the phone or cup of coffee!
Thank you for your consideration,